happy teacher appreciation weekHurray it’s Friday! This week was National Teacher Appreciation Week. Find inspirational stories, uplifting teachers, and kind words about teachers on twitter using the hashtags: #thankateacher #greatteaching #teachersmatter. We found this cute video of creative administrators who believe in the success of their students. Huffington Post also highlighted the words of education leaders who recognize their teachers who influenced them growing up.

Here is the recap of this week’s expanded learning time (ELT) news:

Nancy Barile, a teacher herself, brought well-deserved recognition to teachers who fight for education equity in an article in the Huffington Post for Teacher Appreciation Week,. “I hope you’ll take some time to appreciate teachers everywhere who work so hard to level the playing field for all students — by making educational equity a reality…As educators in a low-income urban school, my colleagues and I are examples of what teacher leaders can do to positively impact students’ lives and reduce the academic and social gaps caused by poverty.”

School officials in Indiana are adding longer school days to elementary schools next year to help students get on grade level and give teachers more opportunities to plan lessons together.  “We have had [one of] the shortest elementary days in the state for quite some time, and that’s a list we don’t want to be on,” Superintendent David Smith. All elementary schools in the state’s third largest school district, Evansville and Vanderburgh County, will lengthen their school day by 34 minutes in the 2014-15 school year, meaning the new school day will be almost seven hours.

Interesting new research from Weetabix suggest British children would welcome a longer school day if it made room for more sports. Over half of the children surveyed said they want to play more sports at school with 47% willing to expand their school day in order to do so.